KTM 350 - Good? Bad? Or Average?

by Chris
(Melbourne, Victoria, Aus)

Hi. I'm looking to buy a new bike. Has anyone bought or ridden one of the new Ktm 350's? I've heard the magazines pumping them up but would like to hear from a 'normal' Joe Shmoe rider to see what they think.

It seems like the perfect size for a lot of riders as the 450's are a bit much for someone like me, but the 250's need that bit extra for the soft stuff.

Any information on this would help thanks.


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Feb 20, 2013
2013 KTM 350 xc-f
by: Minke

The 350 XC-F is an awesome bike. It would be best if you could take a KTM demo ride before making your choice. I did not, and feel I made the right pick.

My first impression after coming off a 2011 KTM 300XC 2-stroke was the bike needed a little more bottom end. After installing a Rekluse clutch, 4.1 Factory FMF, G2 quick throttle tube and a 51 rear tooth gear I am not sure I will miss my 2 stroke, except in extreme mountain conditions as it will climb a tree and lug like no other.

The 350xcf offers quick response, a stable ride and smooth power. The strange trait is that it's very familiar and I am at home with the transfer from the 2-stroke. If I only had to pick one it would be a very difficult choice. It would depend on the terrain.

Investigate both. For me, these were my favorite options. I have to say based on friends and post, do not settle for the 2012 or earlier version of the 350xc-f. The improvements are worth the extra money. I would also say purchase a 2011 or later version of the 300xc 2 stroke as well. Earlier versions are awesome but newer models offer the latest technology.

I hear great things about KTM's other bikes and models. Even if travel is required, take a Demo ride to make sure what model is right for you, it will be worth the money and piece of mind in the long run.

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